U.S. Economy

Senate confirms Janet Yellen as first female Treasury secretary

The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen, the former chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, as Treasury secretary on Friday afternoon, putting into place a battle-tested economist who will help implement the Biden administration's plan to prop up the nation's pandemic-scarred economy. 

COVID-19's financial toll mounts as homeowners keep postponing mortgage payments

The proportion of homeowners postponing mortgage payments had been falling steadily from June to November, an indication that people were returning to work and the economy was beginning to recover. But the decrease has largely flattened since November, when the current wave of coronavirus cases surged in communities across the country.